If you know a little bit of our love story, you know that Adam and I dated long distance up until two months before we got married. Those 1800 miles between Iowa and Los Angeles felt like a million for dates meant 3 hour phone conversation each night. So whenever we were together, we would cram in dates on the beach, dates at the theater, dates at 24 hour restaurants, we just couldn't spend enough time together.
Now almost four years in, we are still crushing on each other daily but our date nights take so much more intention and effort. Something about these sweet babies and busy work schedules and the ever lack of extra funds. . .
But because it's still important and so strengthening for our relationship, I thought I would bring a couple of the sweetest blogging girls together to share a few of our favorite, cheap date ideas. Please take a few minutes and visit their blogs and say hey on Instagram. I am blessed to have the best readers and friends here on this little space so let's share the love!! xo
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2. This one's simple. We cook together. My husband and I work in the same school district, so we get to carpool home together. Sometimes we stop at the grocery store before heading home - other days, we scrounge around in the cupboards for tonight's supper menu. Bjorn is great at cooking meat and thinking creatively, and I usually help out with chopping and prepping. We're still working on the whole "make-washing-dishes-fun" part. :)
3. An on-going date idea: start a hobby together. We're lifelong learners over here, always interested in learning about something new! We're also newlyweds and looking to start our family with pets before kiddos...so this fall, we took the plunge and got a 75-gallon aquarium that we filled with African Cichlids. They're beautiful fish and we have so enjoyed caring for them and learning about them together! It's a shared responsibility that we take joy in. We don't have a TV so we have the fish tank in a prominent place in our family room - some nights, we just love sitting on the floor watching them. We also find ourselves going on fun dates to Pet Expo to learn more about this type of fish, or to pick up food or extra things we need. It's so fun. :)
To be honest, we are super unoriginal when it comes to dates most weeks. . . a movie, dinner, the youuuush. haha!
When we take time to plan something special, it's always extra fun. One of my favorites was the time we woke up early to watch the sun rise over a little lake --- with donuts and chocolate milk of course. Sometimes we also will go out just for dessert. This is great because it's less expensive than a whole meal and let's be honest, we rarely get dessert after dinner out because we are always so stuffed. One of the simplest things we did after Emmett was born, was one summer evening after he had gone to sleep, we took our lawn chair/couch outside and sat in the cool evening air, watching Netflix on my phone. It was so simple, but a fun change of scenery.
No matter how hard it is to make date night happen, it's always worth it every time we make time for each other!! What are your favorite, simple dates!?
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